0826 GMT December 03, 2020
Rooney has a year left on his contract and is intent on having his wage matched. Everton is aware the 31-year-old has previously stated the Toffees are the only Premier League side he would leave United for and they believe this strengthens their position. Rooney’s only other option appears to be a move to Major League Soccer, where he could not earn as much, with interest from China fading, the Guardian reported.
United is due to fly to Los Angeles on Sunday to start its five-match preseason tour of America. If the transfer is not completed by then it remains in the balance whether Rooney will be in José Mourinho’s squad for the trip.
United could demand a transfer fee from Everton, yet because Rooney’s salary costs the club a minimum of £13 million a year and this would be removed from the books, Ed Woodward, the executive vice chairman, may decide to waive any sum or agree a reduced amount.
If Rooney does depart it will close a 13-year spell at Manchester United that has been supremely successful. The striker signed from Everton in August 2004 and has since won five Premier Leagues, the Champions League, the FA Cup, three League Cups, the Europa League and the FIFA World Club Cup. He is also United’s record scorer with 253 goals.